The IDM - a transfaculty, multidisciplinary postgraduate health research institute
Based on the UCT Faculty of Health Sciences campus in a 7,100 sqm state-of-the-art facility, we operate in the fields of infectious diseases & molecular medicine
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IDM driving world class research
We conduct research at the laboratory-clinic-community interface by engaging a wide range of scientific & clinical disciplines; with 62 consortia linking us with 183 institutions in 22 African countries & 24 countries beyond.
IDM capacity building
Capacity building in the IDM
The largest research entity at UCT, the IDM is a national leader in research & health sciences human capital development.
Clinical research
Clinical research relevant to the needs of Africa's people
The IDM infuences health policy and practice by translating our scientific discoveries and applying them in the various communities; community relationships and trust are critical.

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University accredited research institute
Tackling diseases of importance in Africa
Developing people
Impacting health policy and practice


Wednesday, 25 April 2018
80th Birthday Celebration in honour of Emeritus Professor Wieland Gevers

A Symposium was held on Monday 27th November 2017, entitled “Beyond the Canonical Roles of Metabolism: Reflections and Looking Ahead”. A wonderful tribute to an inspirational man who still inspires.

Publication Date:
Monday, November 27, 2017 - 16:00
Michael Levitt, Nobel Prize winner, visits IDM

A seminar entitled ‘Birth & Future of Multiscale Modelling of Macromolecules’ was presented to the IDM by Prof Michael Levitt, Nobel prize winner 2013 and Prof, Structural Biology, at Stanford University School of Medicine.

Publication Date:
Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 08:00
Frank Brombacher
Renewal of SARChI Chair and NRF A1 rating

Frank Brombacher continues to be recognised for the quality and impact of his research in the immunology of infectious diseases.

Publication Date:
Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 16:00
Val Mizrahi & Carolyn Williamson
Prestigious SAMRC Medals to two IDM Members

Valerie Mizrahi and Carolyn Williamson have been awarded the 2017 SAMRC’s Platinum Lifetime Achievement Award, and Gold Award, respectively.

Publication Date:
Monday, November 6, 2017 - 16:30